Ross Victory is a singer/songwriter turned author from Southern California. After the back to back loss of his father and brother, Ross dove into self-discovery and healing practices reigniting his passion for writing and music production. Ross uses his unique voice and social intersections to inspire and entertain listeners and readers through Urban Adult Contemporary music, and literature, with a focus on non-fiction and thematic short stories.
Ross is the author of the father-son themed Views from the Cockpit and bisexual-themed social criticism piece Panorama: The Missing Chapter. Today we speak to him about inspiration during COVID, books, music, and 2021.
HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC OF 2020 AFFECTED YOUR CREATIVITY?
There have been waves of inspiration and waves of depression. Some days I wake up and can’t predict my mood. With the horrible leadership surrounding COVID, the election of a century, and daily isolation, it has been a rough year. But at the same time, 2020 has been my most productive year related to my books and music, which is very ironic.
I have felt pushed to see my projects through and invest in building my creative brand for the long term. I have managed to publish a total of three literary titles, and almost eight musical singles. I’ve stayed super busy!
I’ve also established a healthier relationship with social media. I used to get triggered scrolling through posts of friends and colleagues. I’d roll my eyes and participate in a lot of low vibrational judgments. If I feel those feelings coming up, I sit with the post and ask myself what about this post or person is triggering me and ask myself why I am so pressed. I try to sit with that feeling to heal it and move past it.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOKS. WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR BOOKS WILL DO FOR OTHERS?
My next book Father & Sun which is a family-themed 10,000 short story will be released on December 20, 2020. At its core Father & Sun is about generational trauma and secrets. A man discovers a journal in his late-father’s storage unit days before Christmas dinner. His father reveals an outrageous family secret in the journal that changes the trajectory of the family.
Views from the Cockpit illuminates a father-son relationship and the tension between fathers and sons that most men can speak to. Views uses airplane metaphors to explore a father-son relationship. How bonds are created, how they are broken, and how they are repaired.
Panorama is an international adventure that occurs in Seoul, South Korea about bisexuality and identity politics in America. The second half of the book is a social criticism essay about bisexuality’s absence from popular social discourse.
Egg is a fun horror-thriller about a young boy that discovers a mosquito in the center of his chest that turns into his evil Siamese twin.
I hope my book catalog entertains people, but also empowers them to realize that they are the captains of their journeys and the answer to our pain tends to be in our story. Trauma, labels– all experiences, exist to help us along our life path. Everyone should enjoy their brand of freedom over a lifetime and feel comfortable to do so publicly. Freedom in career, freedom in love, freedom in geographical location, or political belief are all minimum requirements for a great life!
YOUR MUSIC RANGES IN STYLE AND SUBJECT MATTER. YOU WRITE, SING, AND RAP. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN MUSIC?
I’ve been singing since two years old, but I began writing music and producing beats in high school. Around sixteen, I wrote and recorded a song about a nine-year-old girl who died from gang violence in Richmond called “Cecilia Brown.” I submitted the song to the Song of the Year’s songwriting competition.
Competing against a sea of experienced adult songwriters, I was awarded the distinction of Runner Up. After this small validation, I began to produce and write songs and submit them to online competitions for feedback, which helped me find my direction, style, and voice. In 2007, I entered a Myspace singing competition for a chance to be featured on the Step Up 2 The Streets Music Soundtrack produced by Atlantic Records; I reached the Top 5 male finalists. I’m a writer first and a singer second. While pursuing a Marketing degree from Cal State LA, I interned in the Sales & Marketing team at Power 106 radio station in Los Angeles. This internship led to an opportunity at ASCAP (Performing Rights Organization), where I worked with the process of music publishing and obtained hands-on experience with songwriting and licensing. So my interest in writing and music applies to the creative process, the therapeutic benefits of music, and the administration process.
WHAT DOES 2021 LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I am always working on a song or a story. Sometimes, I create projects for myself, but I’m always creating. Right now, I’m focused on marketing and remarketing material from 2020. I feel like the world was on pause and I took a lot of time to develop, so now it’s time to get my books and music in front of more eyes and ears.
For the next 5-10 years, I envision myself continuing to create worlds on paper that can be extended to music and audiobooks. I also have about 10 standalone songs that range from love songs to twerk-tastic bops. One day, I would like to take an original idea from paper to music, to audio experience, to film to hit all formats. I love branding, so it would be great if each project in and of itself was a brand with brand-appropriate products for sale.
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